First Real Homebrew – Part 2

It’s been two weeks since we started our beer, so it’s time to ‘rack’ it – ie bottle it.

We started by taking the specific gravity, and it came out in the green ‘beer finished’ zone, which is a good sign! The reading was 1005 by my reckoning, which given the starting 1035 means, according to this calculator, our beer should be around 4%, which is perfect. Of course our first batch we made was supposed to be 4% as well, but one bottle was getting us drunk…

After taking that reading it’s time to transfer the beer from one bucket to another (sterilised) bucket, leaving behind the yeast.

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I’m saving some of the yeast, so we’ve always got a supply of emergency beer yeast to make beer yeast breads whenever we want. We’ve still got three ice cubes of it left from the original batch, and my plan it to just keep six cubes around at all times.

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The bottles get sterilised, and popped on the bottle tree to drain.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThen it’s time to add sugar to the beer, which the yeast uses to create carbon dioxide, which makes the beer fizzy. Then we fill the bottles using the clever bottom-filling tube.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThen it’s caps on, and we’re done. All in under an hour!

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Now we wait for two weeks until it’s ready to drink.

 

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